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I was deeply saddened by the death of Robin Williams last week. He was one of my favorite comedians. I still vividly remember first seeing him as “Mork from Ork,” and sensed then he was headed for great stardom. His comedic brilliance brought me often to tears. Birdcage remains as one of my favorite comedies of all time.


Are you taking good care of your health? Here’s a new study that once again confirms the that a healthy diet, a good night’s sleep and exercise can protect your body against the damages caused by stress.

A new study from UC San Francisco is the first to show that while the impact of life’s stressors accumulate overtime and accelerate cellular aging, these negative effects may be reduced by maintaining a healthy diet, exercising and sleeping well.


During my own medical school education, there was a lot of buzz about the type A personality. This personality style describes people who are obsessed with time management and are high-achieving workaholics, rigidly organized, and status-conscious.


In 2013, Argentinean researchers presented evidence suggesting that stress may be a trigger for the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. The study found that 72 percent—nearly three out of four—Alzheimer’s patients had experienced severe emotional stress during the two years preceding their diagnosis.



Most people don’t realize that chronic stress is a risk factor and can precipitate the onset of diabetes and interrupt its control. While it is a normal response to danger, it the release of stress related hormones-cortisol, adrenalin, and growth hormone all have the ability to increase blood sugar levels.



I believe one of the most significant and ongoing ignored aspects of medical treatment is our failure, as physicians and other health care professionals to help our patients manage stress. It is one of the leading risk factors and contributors to the development of chronic diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, cancer, stroke, high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, and many more.


“You’ll see the most perfect person and you are like, God, she’s, like, perfect,” she told Harpers Bazaar about her famous clients in 2011. “And then she’ll tell you everything that’s not perfect. Everyone has their own special set of problems – in their own minds.” So true. I read that statement in an article about the recent tragic suicide of designer L’Wren Scott. That was her statement.

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